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airport ambush. two u.s. airmen are dead, and two more wounded in germany. the suspect is now being questioned by authorities. family horror. a 12-year-old colorado boy is in custody, accused of killing his parents. and deadline day for pro football. the contract between the nfl players union and team owners the contract between the nfl players union and team owners expires at midnight. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everybody. thanks for joining us. i'm betty nguyen. investigators in germany are trying to figure out why a gunman opened fire on a busload of u.s. airmen, killing two, and seriously wounding two others.
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it happened yesterday at the frankfurt airport. the suspect is an employee at that airport. charlie d'agata has the latest. >> reporter: the two u.s. airmen killed wednesday had not even made it to the battlefield. they were with 11 other military personnel on this bus outside the frankfurt, germany, airport, when the gunman opened fire. police say the suspect, 21-year-old arid uka is a citizen of kosovo, an airport employee and a devout muslim. they say he had argued with the airmen outside the terminal before pulling out a handgun and trying to board the bus. police say he shot and killed the driver and a passenger, and wounded two others before he was arrested. president obama says he's saddened and outraged. >> we will spare no effort in learning how this outrageous act took place, and in working with german authorities to ensure that all of the perpetrators are brought to justice. >> reporter: investigators are looking into whether the alleged shooter had ties to any terror
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group. the town he's from has been the focus of reports that it breeds radical islamic extremists. the airmen were on a routine journey made by many u.s. military personnel. arriving here at frankfurt airport then bused to ramstein air force base, then sent off to war. ramstein air force base is the logistical hub for many military operations in the region, and at least 50,000 troops are stationed there. the military personnel on the bus were part of an air force security team scheduled to head to afghanistan. the u.s. military says german police will lead the investigation, since the attack happened on german soil. but the obvious backing of u.s. military investigators. in frankfurt, germany, charlie d'agata, cbs news. a pakistani court ruled that an american facing possible murder charges does not have diplomatic immunity because he worked for the cia. raymond davis is being held in the shooting deaths of two
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pakistani men back in january. davis says he was defending himself from an attempted robbery. davis was a cia contractor with diplomatic credentials. a higher court plans a hearing on the matter next week. the army has filed 22 new charges against the soldier suspected of sending thousands of classified documents to the wikileaks website. among the new charges facing private first class bradley manning, is aiding the enemy. it's a capital offense but prosecutors say they won't recommend the death penalty. manning was charged in july with leaking more than 250,000 classified state department cables. the search for survivors of last month's new zealand earthquake is over. officials in christchurch called it off today. 161 bodies have been recovered and 200 people are still listed as missing. officials say there is no chance anyone buried this long could still be alive. three dutch marines are being held by gadhafi government forces in libya this morning,
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following a failed rescue mission. a ministry spokesman said the marines were captured sunday after landing near the mediterranean coast. they were trying to rescue two dutch workers. well, it turns out the workers were released and have left the country. meanwhile, some members of congress are calling on the u.s. to impose a no-fly zone over libya. the white house isn't so sure that's a good idea. susan mcginnis is in washington with more on this. good morning, susan. what's the latest? >> reporter: good morning, betty. well, as fresh air strikes have hit the region of brega, libya, this is the area with the big oil installation that the rebel forces so far have been able to hold onto, it looks like these opposition forces are becoming more organized, and more unified. they have formed the rebel national libyan council. it is now appealing to the west for military aid, something the white house will have to consider. u.s. officials remain wary about imposing a no-fly zone over libya. while stressing all options are
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still on the table, secretary of defense robert gates warned congress wednesday that taking such military action would be a huge operation that comes with its own risks. >> let's just call a spade a spade, a no-fly zone begins with an attack on libya. >> reporter: a no-fly zone would prevent libya from launching air attacks on its own citizens. yesterday troops loyal to moammar gadhafi's regime dropped bombs over the eastern city of brega, as they tried to retake a key oil installation. the forces briefly succeeded, before rebels beat them back. while american warships have moved closer to libya, the white house admits it's still a long way from taking any more military action. >> there is a great deal of caution that is being exercised with respect to any actions that we might take, other than in support of humanitarian missions. >> reporter: speaking before a cheering crowd, gadhafi warned against any intervention. he's threatening to turn libya
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into another vietnam, saying if the u.s. or another country steps in, they will drown in blood. rebel leaders are asking for outside help, they have formed their own interim government and are calling for western air strikes to kick gadhafi's regime out for good. there is now word that a peace plan has been offered by venezuelan president hugo chavez. that is now being considered. under that plan an international commission would negotiate an outcome between gadhafi and the rebel leaders. betty? >> all right, susan mcginnis in washington for us. thank you for that live report. in other news, a 12-year-old is in custody in eastern colorado following the shooting deaths of his parents. the boy called 911 tuesday night and reported that shots had been fired. when police arrived at the home, charles and marilyn long were dead, and two of their other children were seriously wounded. >> the case has been referred to the district attorney's office for the filing of formal
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charges. there are no other suspects at this time. again, we do not think that there is any further risk to the community. >> neighbors say the 12-year-old was homeschooled, and involved in a local church. he's being held by social services. now, to the supreme court, and a ruling that has outraged americans from coast to coast. at issue, those anti-gay protesters from kansas who show up at funerals for fallen soldiers. painful as their signs and shouts may be, the high court says they are protected by the first amendment. joel brown has our report. ♪ god hates america >> reporter: their provocative demonstrations tested the limits of free speech. but the supreme court ruled the protesters have the constitution on their side. >> the rule of law here is you don't get to use your objective standards to call my religion intentional infliction of emotional distress. >> reporter: the high court
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ruled 8-1 in favor of westboro baptist church. its members travel the country picketing military funerals. preaching that god's punishing the military for the nation's tolerance of homosexuality. >> my first thought was, eight justices don't have the common sense god gave a goat. >> reporter: albert synder's son matthew was killed in iraq. after westboro members demonstrated outside the marine's funeral in maryland, synder sued and won a $5 million judgment against the kansas-based church for inflicting emotional distress. that ruling was overturned wednesday by the high court. >> we can no longer bury our dead in this country with dignity. >> reporter: the justices were almost unanimous, as even the most hurtful speech is still protected under the constitution. but there was one voice of dissent. justice samuel alito wrote our profound national commitment of free and open debate is not a license for the vicious verbal assault that occurred in this case.
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after the decision, westboro announced plans for even more protests. for albert synder, it's more insult to injury. the ruling came down just a day before the five-year anniversary of his son's death. joel brown, cbs news, the supreme court. just ahead on the "morning news," tennis star serena williams recovering from a health scare. plus a serious warning for college students. this spring break, stay away from mexico. you're watching the "cbs morning news." from mexico. you're watching the "cbs morning news." [music playing] confidence available in color. depend® colors for women. looks and fits like underwear. protects like nothing else. depend®. good morning. great day.
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and last year, 65 americans were murdered in mexico. on the "cbs moneywatch," most asian markets are higher this morning. ashley morrison is here in new york with the latest on that. good morning, ashley. >> good morning to you, betty. that's right. both asian markets saw gains today. japan's nikkei index climbed 1% while hong kong's hang seng also edged higher, and the price of oil fell just a bit with a barrel of crude now at $101 a barrel. today, wall street gets the very latest on retail sales, and a look at the weekly jobless claim numbers. on wednesday, stocks finished higher. the dow edged up almost 9 points. while the nasdaq gained 10. ahead of tomorrow's jobs report from the government, there is some good news on the labor front. payroll processor adp reports that private companies added 217,000 jobs last month. more than the 180,000 analysts were expecting. that raises hope that tomorrow's report could show a decline in the unemployment rate, currently standing at 9%.
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some wall street executives may have to wait for that big bonus check. the sec has voted to back a proposed rule that would make executives at top firms wait at least three years to be paid at least half their annual bonus. the rule is meant to reduce excessive risk taking. ford has announced a new recall. more than 30,000 vehicles are affected. most are 2010 ranger pickups that could have leaky fuel lines. some f-series pickups from 2011 are also involved. they're being recalled over concerns the electrical system could short circuit and possibly spark a fire. and just say yes to the dress. costco, the nation's largest largest wholesale operator is teaming with kirstie's to sell six exclusive wedding dresses. they're not cheap ranging from $700 to $1400. but that is more than half off the usual retail price. betty, now i guess you can just get it all at costco.
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>> groceries, too, right? all right, ashley morrison here in new york. tennis star serena williams is recovering after emergency treatment for a blood clot in one of her lungs. the former number one employer also needed treatment last week for hematoma which is a deep bruise. williams says it was scary but she will be okay. she hopes to be back on the court by this summer. straight ahead, your thursday morning weather. and in sports, a milestone victory for the nba's top team. >> "moneywatch" sponsored by touch of gray. gets rid of some gray. never all. [ female announcer ] all you need for sensitive skin. all you expect from the number-one recommended detergent by dermatologists.
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san antonio rolled to an easy 109-99 win over the cavaliers. in atlanta, al cork ran matched his career high with 31 points including a jam that gave the hawks the lead in the closing minutes. atlanta held on to beat visiting chicago 83-80. finally, the clock is ticking on nfl contract talks. owners and players' representatives will meet again this morning with a federal mediator in washington. the current agreement expired at midnight tonight. so if the parties cannot agree on a new contract, the deadline is not pushed back, then the 2011 season could be threatened by a lockout. >> we'll get through this, and our commitment is to get an agreement, a fair agreement, that's good for both sides, as soon as possible, without any disruption to the season. >> the nfl generates more than $9 billion in annual revenue. the last time the league had a work stoppage was back in 1987.
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on the "cbs morning news" here's a look at today's weather. fair skies will dominate the eastern half of the nation, with chilly temperatures in the northeast, and muggy air in the southeast. a storm will form in the midwest over the next 48 hours, bringing another wave of severe weather. here's another look at this morning's top stories. police say the only suspect in the shooting death of a colorado couple is their 12-year-old son. two other children were seriously wounded. the 12-year-old is being held by social services.
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and investigators in germany are trying to determine a motive in the shooting deaths of two u.s. airmen at the frankfurt airport. the alleged gunman is an airport employee. two other airmen were wounded in that attack. well, if you are a gotta have it gadget fan, march 11th is probably already marked on your calendar. that's when apple's new ipad 2 goes on sale. it was announced wednesday in san francisco, and as kendis gibson reports, another highlight was who did the announcing. >> reporter: steve jobs got a standing ovation as he took the stage to unveil the new ipad. the apple ceo made the unannounced appearance after taking an indefinite leave of absence in january. >> i just didn't want to miss today. so thank you. for having me. >> reporter: jobs, who has pancreatic cancer, never mentioned his health, and instead focused on his company's latest creation. >> we're going to introduce today ipad 2. >> reporter: apple says the new
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device is thinner and comes with two cameras. one on the front for face chatting and another in the back. >> we're going to keep the same exact prices. >> reporter: the ipad has been a huge success for apple with more than 15 million sold. this latest version comes less than a year after the first one was unveiled. c-net senior editor donald bell says the timing helped apple stay ahead of the competition. several companies, including google, dell and blackberry, are set to launch their own tablets in the coming weeks. >> i think right now they're just trying to keep a hold of the market share that they worked to get, and keep that audience still hungry for the product they've already put out. >> reporter: some current ipad owners think it's too soon for a new device. but not roger cooper. >> whatever they bring out, you just want to get it. >> reporter: the new ipad 2, which goes on sale march 11th, will be compatible with verizon, just like the iphone. but the day turned out to be about more than the ipad. jobs' appearance in san francisco was felt all the way to wall street. apple's stock jumped moments after he took the stage.
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kendis gibson, cbs news, san francisco. and coming up on "the early show," actress vanessa hutchins. i'm betty nguyen. this is the "cbs morning news." ,,,,,,,,
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ohio has taken the first step toward dramatically cutting union rights for state's workers. the republican-controlled state senate narrowly passed a bill that bans union strike and restricts collective bargaining rights. protesters shouted "shame" as the vote was taken. about 350,000 public employees would be affected. the bill could go to the ohio house next week. in health news, hundreds of cold drugs are coming off of the market. the fda ordered the removal of about 500 prescription drugs to treat colds, coughs and allergies. the reason? they contain unapproved ingredients, mostly because they're older formulas. for a list of the drugs go to our partner in health news and search "fda
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action." mickey rooney is a movie legend, with a career that spans from years of child star to a hollywood senior citizen. but he was before congress yesterday in a different kind of role. sharing his personal story of elder abuse. ines ferre has that story. >> reporter: veteran hollywood star mickey rooney came to capitol hill to shine a spotlight on elder abuse. >> when a man feels helpless, it's terrible. and i was helpless. >> reporter: the 90-year-old actor told the senate committee on aging he was financially exploited and stripped of the ability to make even basic decisions about his own life. >> if it can happen to me, oh, god willing, and unwilling, it can happen to anyone. ♪ >> reporter: rooney lit up the screen during hollywood's heyday, appearing in 365 movies. more than any other actor.
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now he has a restraining order against an adult stepson who rooney claims not only mismanaged his money, but verbally threatened him and prevented him from leaving his home. >> for years i suffered silently. i didn't want to tell anybody. i couldn't muster the courage. >> reporter: there is no national data system to record elder abuse, which can be physical, emotional, or financial. new york researchers just completed the largest state study of its kind. >> when we compared the known cases to the undiscovered cases we found that for every one we find, we miss about 23 or 24. >> reporter: according to the national adult protective services association, more than 90% of reported abuse cases occur at the hands of family members. >> you're not alone. >> reporter: rooney ended his testimony with a plea to lawmakers to do more to protect seniors. ines ferre, cbs news, new york. coming up a little bit later on "the early show" why, why the supreme court sided with the
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kansas church that protests at military funerals. plus, the rising popularity of plastic surgery. especially for women. and charlie sheen loses custody of his twin sons but keeps his live-in porn star. that's the "cbs morning news" for this thursday. thanks for watching everybody. i'm betty nguyen. have a great day. s thursday. thanks for watching everybody. i'm betty nguyen. have a great day. ,,,,,,
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